Traditional Logic I Student Text, Third Edition

Traditional Logic I Student Text, Third Edition

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Grades: 7-12

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The Traditional Logic I Text includes a note to the teacher, a general introduction, 13 chapters, a review chapter, a glossary of terms, and a list of important people to remember.

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An introductory and systematic course in formal logic that presents the concepts and methodology in a clear, concise and organized way. If the course presentation and layout is a reflection of a logical mind, and Martin Cothran wrote and laid out the course, then Martin Cothran has a logical mind. While this may or may not be true, it is, nonetheless, a valid argument. Written specifically for the home school environment, and for use by a teacher with no previous experience in formal logic, it seems a good candidate for a self-instructional course (provided you can offer help as needed). You will want to read the author's notes in the front of the text, as he suggests an alternate route through the book if students have trouble with the abstract concepts presented in the first three chapters. The author's targeted grade level is high school, but it may be used with "advanced" 7th and 8th graders or adults as well. If you are using the classical approach with your children, they will probably be ready for this course in junior high.

Two levels of the course are available. The Book I student text contains 14 chapters plus an introduction, each with short, daily lessons. The introduction provides an excellent background of logic as a methodology and science, and defines key concepts used in logic. The following chapters introduce and provide both the mental and verbal aspects of Terms (chapters 1-3), Propositions (chapters 4-9), and Syllogisms (chapters 10-13). Chapter 14 provides a comprehensive review. Each chapter is laid out for a clear presentation to aid student understanding. Headings throughout the text reveal the main points to be covered. Helpful sidebar notes highlight important definitions and concepts to remember. Occasional diagrams provide a visual illustration of concepts. A summary is provided at the end of each chapter. The student activities and questions for each chapter are located in the separate workbook. There are four exercise sets per chapter, divided by day. You will probably want your child to look at the exercise instructions first, as they also contain the reading plan for each day. A separate non-reproducible Quizzes and Tests booklet is available for additional reinforcement. The teacher key provides answers to the workbook, quizzes, and exams/tests. These are provided as completed responses on the workbook, quiz or test activity.

Book II is to be used only after completing Book I. It features a similar format, but the workbook also includes optional writing assignments to allow logic to be integrated with history, Bible, or English. More contemporary examples of arguments are included, as are case studies to show the relevance of logic in history, literature, religion, and philosophy. The goal, after all, is for the student to apply what he has learned in all areas of life. Section titles include Further Study of Simple Syllogisms (chapters 1-4), Arguments in Ordinary Language (chapters 5-6), Hypothetical Syllogisms (chapters 7-9), Complex Syllogisms (chapters 10-13), and the Oblique Syllogism (chapter 14). Like Book 1, student exercises are now located in a separate workbook.

Video lectures are available on DVD for Books I and II. There is now an online streaming option for the instructional videos too. Organized chapter-by-chapter, the videos let you see and hear the author himself teach the course. A great supplement for the student who tends to read and re-read the same page, but just doesn’t “get it” until somebody else explains it.

Students who complete this course will have a college level understanding of traditional logic. As far as a comparison of this course to Introductory Logic and Intermediate Logic, I would just say that the approach is different, but the content overlaps (as you would expect). I would suggest that you look them both over to see which is the better fit for you.

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Needed for Classical Conversations Challenge Level 1.
Suzy K on Apr 16, 2023
School requirement
Mad Mama on Aug 23, 2021
Needed for Classical Conversations Challenge Level 1.
Suzy K on Apr 16, 2023
This is required for my daughter's co-op class.
Susan B on Jul 16, 2022
School requirement
Mad Mama on Aug 23, 2021
Wittenberg Academy uses this book for the Logic 1 course
ANTHONY M on Aug 26, 2020
It's what we need for a Co-op class that my daughter is taking this school year.
Elizabeth B on Aug 11, 2020
CC Challenge 1
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school requires
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for my son's school
David W on Jul 7, 2020
It is part of our curriculum through Classical Conversations.
Andrea M on Jun 30, 2020
Part of Classical Converstions curriculum
Dilkhush T on Jun 26, 2020
for a class
Karen L on Mar 21, 2020
Excellent source for 9th grade Logic.
Raquel W on Aug 19, 2019
We are using this at Classical Conversations
Tina P on Aug 15, 2019
Needed for homeschool course.
J M on Aug 8, 2019
Wittenberg Academy
Johanna T on Dec 5, 2018
Required Book
Rhonda M on Sep 26, 2018
Explains well the basics of Formal Logic in a clear manner.
Tonya E on Sep 14, 2018
Used in our co-op
Shoshana B on Sep 11, 2018
Curriculum selected by tutorial- group used previous versions
Gumport on Sep 9, 2018
Classical Conversations
Eve T on Aug 30, 2018
I picked this book for my daughter's Challenge 1 class
Cathy L on Aug 22, 2018
Best price on the market!
Jennifer B on Aug 21, 2018
Required by curriculum
Jeffrey K C on Jul 15, 2018
I used the first edition with my older kids a few years ago. A good book to cover a difficult topic.
Dawn R on Jan 7, 2018
Wittenberg Academy required text for Logic I.
Emily H on Nov 27, 2017
To keep up with my son and to prepare myself for Traditional Logic II in the second semester of Challenge 3.
Carol S on Sep 18, 2017
I could not find this edition anywhere but here. And I needed it for a class for my daughter. Thank you!
LeTonda M on Aug 28, 2017
My daughter needed this text for the Logic course
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Classical Conversations
Michelle B on Aug 16, 2017
logic book chosen by our cooperative
Christy I on Aug 11, 2017
wittenberg academy requirement.
Emily C on May 4, 2017
need it for an online class
Adrianne W on Sep 15, 2016
This was a required curricula for logic class. It was quite good and fairly easy to follow. I liked that DVDs were available to further explain and clarify concepts to the student.
Eric O on Aug 31, 2016
used it before
Jennifer B on Aug 27, 2016
Requirement for a Logic class
Audrey S on Aug 25, 2016
Required for Classical Conversations Challenge 2
Michelle S on Aug 18, 2016
Memoria Press changed editions, but I want to continue with the 1st edition.
LeAnn L on Aug 15, 2016
need it
Edward M on Jun 28, 2016
Required curriculum
Karen G on Jun 11, 2016
This is required for my daughter's co-op class.
Susan B on Jul 16, 2022
Wittenberg Academy uses this book for the Logic 1 course
ANTHONY M on Aug 26, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
We really enjoyed this course.
The text is well written and set out in a way that does not overwhelm the students, despite the challenging nature of the material. Short chapters and regular review help students understand and commit to memory the material presented.
August 5, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Traditional Logic I is a breeze to use! There is no teacher preparation necessary Every concept is laid out so clearly and builds upon previously learned material very systematically There is much built in review so that previously learned concepts are not forgotten as new ones are being learned The daily exercises for each chapter are very helpful for ensuring that the information is understood I've been reading the book aloud and orally going through the exercises with my 7th grader It's helpful to have the answer key open as a quick confirmation I've not been using the video Perhaps I would use it if I was unable to work with my son but then I'd miss out! Our minds are being stretched It's great when I see a sparkle in my son's eye when he is able to demonstrate his grasp of the information
February 21, 2009

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